D,L-Panthenol, aka Pro-Vitamin B5, is a stable lit racemic mixture of D-Panthenol and L-Panthenol. The human body readily absorbs DL-Panthenol through the skin and it rapidly converts D-Panthenol to Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), a natural constituent of healthy hair and a substance present in all living cells. Only D-Panthenol is converted to Vitamin B5 and not the L-Panthenol. So the racemic D,L-Panthenol has only half of the physiological activity of D-Panthenol in skin care.
Panthenol adds vital moisture to the skin first by attracting moisture and sealing in hydration by boosting the skin barrier and also helping to rejuvenate and revitalize skin cells, allowing it to produce moisture and hydrate from within. Due to the protective skin barrier Panthenol creates, it reduces the risk of dehydration and dryness in the skin from evaporation and prevents natural water loss over time. is also has an anti-itching and anti-inflammatory effect.
How does it benefit the skin?
1. It Keeps Your Skin Moisturized
Applying Vitamin B5 prevents water loss from your skin and helps in retaining moisture. This, in turn, prevents dry skin, flakiness, and itchiness and maintains softness and elasticity of your skin . It also helps to maintain the skin barrier function . This property of vitamin B5 is beneficial in healing atopic dermatitis
2. Prevents skin redness and inflammation
It has an anti-inflammatory effect on your skin. When applied topically, it protects your skin from erythema or redness caused by UV exposure.
A study also found that it could help in managing skin irritation and napkin dermatitis or diaper rash.
3. It Is An Effective Antioxidant
Provitamin B5 or D-Panthenol boosts the production of glutathione in your skin. This component binds the free radicals and peroxides, which, in turn, reduces the formation of melanin and minimizes the appearance of dark spots on your face
4. It Has Anti-aging effect
Provitamin B5 helps in the production of fibroblasts in the middle layer of your skin (the layer where wrinkles form) and boosts collagen, glycan, and elastin production, which makes your skin appear youthful.